Robert obtained a BSc (Hons) in Forensic Bioscience from Sheffield Hallam University and then went on to complete his PhD on a project entitled "Towards the integration of MALDI MSI into the current Home Office Fingermark Examination Workflow". He is now a lecturer in Analytical Science specialising in Mass Spectrometry.
Robert teaches in the areas of Analytical Science and Forensic Science
The analysis of latent fingermarks using matrix assisted laser desorption ionisation mass spectrometry
Fingermarks are derived from a transfer of material from the friction ridge skin on our fingertips to a surface upon contact. Traditionally, the pattern of the ridges on fingermarks have been employed as a means of biometric identification. The development of the use of MALDI-MS to analyse latent fingermark residue can now allow for information on the endogenous and exogenous chemical content to be obtained which may be able to provide invaluable intelligence about an individual in forensic investigations.
This research headed by Dr Simona Francese, first began in 2008. Robert has since co-authored 13 of the papers published in this niche area of science with work that has been supported by the UK Home Office and West Yorkshire Police.
Bailey. M, Bradshaw. R, Francese. S, Salter. TL, Costa. C, Ismail. M, P Webb. R, Bosman. I, Wolff. K and de Puit. M, Rapid detection of cocaine, benzoylecgonine and methylecgonine in fingerprints using surface mass spectrometry (2015), Analyst, 140(18):6254-9
Bradshaw. R and Francese. S, Matrix–assisted laser desorption ionisation tandem mass spectrometry imaging of small molecules from latent fingermarks (2014), Spectroscopy Europe, 26 (4): 6-8
Bradshaw. R, Bleay. S, Wolstenholme. R, Clench. MR, and Francese. S, Towards the Integration of Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionisation Mass Spectrometry Imaging into the current Fingermark Examination Workflow (2013), Forensic Science International, 232: 111-124
Francese S, Bradshaw. R, Flinders. B, Mitchell. C, Bleay. S and Clench. MR, Curcumin: a multipurpose matrix for MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging applications (2013), Analytical Chemistry, 21;85 (10):5240-48
Bradshaw. R, Wolstenholme. R, Ferguson. L, Mader. K, Sammon. C, Blackledge. RD, Clench. MR and Francese. S, Spectroscopic Imaging based approach for condom identification in condom contaminated fingermarks (2013). Analyst, 138(9):2546-57
Bradshaw. R, Rao. W, Wolstenholme. R, Clench. MR, Bleay. S and Francese. S, Separation of overlapping fingermarks by matrix assisted laser desorption ionisation mass spectrometry imaging (2012), Forensic Science International, 222 (1-3): 318-326
Bradshaw. R, Wolstenholme. R, Blackledge. R, Clench. MR, Ferguson. L and Francese. S, A novel matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation mass spectrometry imaging based methodology for the identification of sexual assault suspects, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry (2011) 25: 415–422
Wolstenholme. R, Bradshaw. R, Clench M.R and Francese S, Study of latent fingermarks by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation mass spectrometry imaging of endogenous lipids, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry (2009) 23: 3031–3039
Bradshaw. R, Creissen. A and Francese. S, A Rapid Methodology for the Analysis of Latent Fingermarks by MALDI MS Imaging (2013), HTX Imaging, HTX Technologies.
FRANCESE, Simona, BRADSHAW, Robert and DENISON, Neil (2017). An update on MALDI Mass Spectrometry based technology for the analysis of fingermarks - stepping into operational deployment. The Analyst, 142, 2518-2546.
BRADSHAW, Robert, DENISON, N. and FRANCESE, Simona (2017). Implementation of MALDI MS profiling and imaging methods for the analysis of real crime scene fingermarks. Analyst, 142 (9), 1581-1590.
BRADSHAW, Robert (2017). MALDI mass spectrometry profiling and imaging applied to the analysis of latent fingermarks. In: COLE, Laura, (ed.) Imaging mass spectrometry : methods and protocols. Methods in Molecular Biology (1618). New York, Humana Press, 149-163.
BRADSHAW, Robert, DENISON, Neil and FRANCESE, Simona (2016). Development of operational protocols for the analysis of primary and secondary fingermark lifts by MALDI-MS Imaging. Analytical Methods, 8 (37), 6795-6804.
GROENEVELD, G, DE PUIT, M, BLEAY, S, BRADSHAW, Robert and FRANCESE, Simona (2015). Detection and mapping of illicit drugs and their metabolites in fingermarks by MALDI MS and compatibility with forensic techniques. Scientific Reports, 5 (11716).
BAILEY, Melanie J., BRADSHAW, Robert, FRANCESE, Simona, SALTER, Tara L., COSTA, Catia, ISMAIL, Mahado, P. WEBB, Roger, BOSMAN, Ingrid, WOLFF, Kim and DE PUIT, Marcel (2015). Rapid detection of cocaine, benzoylecgonine and methylecgonine in fingerprints using surface mass spectrometry. Analyst, 140 (18), 6254-6259.
PATEL, Ekta, COLE, Laura M, BRADSHAW, Robert, BATUBARA, Afnan, MITCHELL, Christopher A, FRANCESE, Simona and CLENCH, Malcolm (2015). MALDI-MS imaging for the study of tissue pharmacodynamics and toxicodynamics. Bioanalysis, 7 (1), 91-101.
BRADSHAW, Robert, BLEAY, S, CLENCH, Malcolm and FRANCESE, Simona (2014). Direct detection of blood in fingermarks by MALDI MS profiling and imaging. Science & justice, 54 (2), 110-7.
FERGUSON, Leesa, BRADSHAW, Robert, WOLSTENHOLME, Rosalind, CLENCH, Malcolm and FRANCESE, Simona (2011). Two-step matrix application for the enhancement and imaging of latent fingermarks. Analytical Chemistry, 83 (14), 5585-5591.
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